Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

My short story LUNCH has been published in Australia’s horror magazine Midnight Echo, Issue 10, edited by Craig Bezant.   It’s their ‘ghost’ issue – a must read for fans of things that go bump in the night – and more than 100 pages of ghoulish fun for all! LUNCH was conjured from a poem I …

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A belated happy 2014!  I certainly hope this new year will be healthy and positive for you all! I’ve never been one for resolutions because a particular day on the calendar dictates I should do so.  I believe that every day is a resolution; every moment.  Trust me, it’s a difficult way to think.  There’s so …

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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013! While racking my brain trying to decide what to do for Coffin Hop this year, I decided – what the hell, I may as well give away three prizes. Besides the twisted path of prose I offer below, I’m going to pick three winners from those who comment on this …

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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013! While racking my brain trying to decide what to do for Coffin Hop this year, I decided – what the hell, I may as well give away three prizes. Besides the twisted path of prose I offer below, I’m going to pick three winners from those who comment on this …

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Since 1992, I’ve kept a notebook collection of story ideas and have been faithful in adding to my potpourri of twisted thoughts ever since. ‘Oats‘ originated as an unnamed, loose story about a child who loses a tooth, and her evil father who won’t allow her to keep it. I’m pleased that my voice has …

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Who doesn’t love horror?  Who doesn’t love sex?  I see that smile across your face, so maybe you have the same thing on your mind as I did when I wrote ‘Plastic.’ ‘Plastic‘ originally appeared in the Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t anthology back in 2010.  It was a story I wrote just …

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When I came across the call for Sirens Call Publications’ ‘Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum‘ anthology, I eagerly jumped on it.  How could I not spin a tale about what goes on behind the walls of madness? One thing I have learned about my own writing is that anything I may have planned might …

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Believe it or not, I first wrote ‘Sweet Nothings‘ way back in May of 1988.  Then, it was titled ‘I Know Something You Don’t Know.’  The original concept was that of a man who learns his girlfriend has cheated on him, so he kidnaps her lover and tortures him.  The twist, of course, is that …

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Today, I’m giving my blog over to fellow horror author Lee Allen Howard, whose new book, ‘Death Perception‘ is hot off the presses.  Lee has been involved in the writing industry since 1985, so when he has something to say, chances are you should listen.  With that in mind, I asked Lee if he wouldn’t …

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I‘m happy to announce that my story “Oats” is currently appearing in The Sirens Call eZine Issue #8 – Men in Horror! Sirens Call has consistently published strong anthologies since emerging on the horror scene, and their eZines have definitely followed suit.  Issue #8 is no different.  98 pages of horrific fun featuring short stories, …

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